With a title like that, how it could be anything less than light, airy, and fun?
Man, I love it when computer scientists get catty. I originally thought this guy might be a huckster using incredibly contrary views to try and beef up his credibility (which works with a surprisingly large number of people) but I think he makes some great points and also offers solutions. I think the attitude is just his way of trying to break past the inertia of these ideas. Hey, it worked on me, I just ordered his book "Practical Issues in Database Management: A Reference for the Thinking Practitioner" from Amazon. It has a forward by C. J. Date, a name which holds some serious weight in the DBMS community.
# — 16 May, 2005